Featuring conductor/performer/teacher RYAN TURNER
Sponsored by Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and
Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
Purpose: provide amateur male choral singers with an opportunity to build specific vocal skills in a training session with a skilled voice teacher. The training is not style specific and would be useful for traditional, gospel and pop. This September workshop will reinforce good vocal habits at the beginning of the choral singing season.
Workshop Leader: Ryan Turner, now in his seventh year as Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music, brings both talent and heart to his music-making as a conductor, programmer, and singer. Raised in El Paso, Texas, Mr. Turner attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He arrived in Boston in 1995 to continue his studies at The Boston Conservatory. He joined Emmanuel Music in 1997 as a tenor soloist and chorus member, making his debut as a guest conductor in 2006. He has made guest appearances with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston College, and at the Longy School of Music at Bard College where he teaches on the voice and early music faculty. He was the director of Choral Activities at Phillips Exeter Academy from 2006 to 2012.
Ryan Turner has appeared as a tenor soloist in oratorio, recital and opera. Mr. Turner made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in 2008. He has sung solos in over forty Bach cantatas with Emmanuel Music. His discography includes Bach BWV 76 with Emmanuel Music, Praetorius’s Christmas Vespers with Apollo’s Fire, and Kapsberger’s Apotheosis with Ensemble Abendmusik.
I.Warming up the voice:
- where to start
- what to look for
- what to listen for
- awareness of the body
II. Using solo and ensemble literature to improve critical vocal skills:
- develop a range of tone colors
- sing with grounding (anchoring)
- expand the pitch range
- make performance expressive
- build diction skills
- characterize different texts
- build confidence in performance